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TV series focusing on drug lord "El Chapo" in development at History channel
In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, after he was recaptured from breaking out of a maximum security prison in Mexico. The History channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on Guzman's story. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
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The History Channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on the drug lord known as "El Chapo."

The series will explore global drug wars through Joaquin Guzman's story, the channel said. The drama's title is "Cartel," preceded by a hashtag.

A pilot script was ordered from writer-producer Chris Brancato, whose credits include Netflix's "Narcos," the History Channel said Tuesday.

Last year, Guzman had broken out of prison and was on the run when he had a secret meeting with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn.

Penn wrote about it for Rolling Stone magazine.

Accounts have varied as to whether Guzman wanted to discuss a film based on his life or was intent on meeting del Castillo.

Mexican officials said the unlikely meeting helped lead to Guzman's capture in January.